Prof. Poh Kam Wong

Advisor, Singapore

Wong Poh Kam is Professor at the NUS Business School where he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation strategy with a special focus on Asia. He is also Professor (by courtesy) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Faculty of Engineering at NUS. He has published extensively in leading international refereed journals on entrepreneurship and innovation, and has consulted widely for international agencies such as the World Bank, OECD and Asian Development Bank, various government agencies in Singapore, and many private corporations in Asia.

In addition to his academic position, Prof. Wong is also concurrently the Director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, where he spearheads the university's experiential entrepreneurship education programmes and oversees the NUS Enterprise Incubator (NEI), which provides incubation space, seed funding, mentorship and network connections to early stage investors for start-ups by NUS students, professors and alumni.

He has played a pivotal role in developing a number of entrepreneurship educational programmes, among them the NUS Overseas College (NOC) programme, sending selected NUS students for internship in early stage startups in leading entrepreneurial hubs in the world; the [email protected] annual business plan competition; the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, the largest annual social entrepreneurship competition in Asia; and [email protected], an adaptation of the US NSF iCorp programme to educate professors and graduate students on customer discovery/market validation for commercialising their inventions.

An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, he has been an active angel investor with investment in over a dozen high-tech start-ups in Singapore, Silicon Valley, China and India. He was the founding chairman of Business Angel Network (Southeast Asia) and Asia Business Angels Forum (ABAF). He received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) Award from the Singapore Government in 2013 for his contribution to education in Singapore, and the "Entrepreneur for the World" Award (Education Category) from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in 2015.

The key thing about entrepreneurship is this mindset to look out for opportunities, and a set of personality traits and skills that allow you to convince people, whether it be a venture capitalist or a programmer working for Amazon, to join you in your start-up.